Weir looking for positive response to setbacks

Alastair Brogdon and Henry Weir celebrate 480 x 290

“There are always setbacks in sport and setbacks in what we do in life. How you deal with them is what defines you and sets you apart from everyone else.” Henry Weir reflects on what he and many of his teammates have described as a “very difficult few months”.

Weir and his team mates went to the Olympics in Rio with high hopes, aiming to come home with a medal. A first round exit meant that despite the years of preparation they were to leave the greatest sporting show on earth shattered and heartbroken.

Now, as the new training cycle begins again, the Wimbledon man and the rest of Bobby Crutchley’s squad begin their healing process. A clean slate. A new chapter. A new dawn.

Their rehabilitation will begin in front of their own fans as the Hockey World League Semi-Final will be held in London in June 2017. Weir and his team mates will take on Olympic Champions Argentina, European Champions Netherlands, Asian Champions Trophy winners India as well as Pakistan and Korea. It is already a star studded lineup and there are still four teams to be confirmed.   

England’s Weirwolf is determined to look ahead, not back:

“It has been difficult but I know with every mistake comes an opportunity to learn and an opportunity to make myself better.” he said.  “I’m not and never will be the perfect player. If I can deal with my mistakes I will be a better player and a better person.”

Despite the emotions of the summer, Weir has a good perspective on things, admitting that he is still grateful to be a professional hockey player:

“I always pictured myself playing hockey part time alongside another job. The fact I’ve been able to play hockey full time is a dream come true. Everyone wants to do what they love and I love my sport and love playing.”

As well as the love for the game, Weir has a keen competitive edge which has so far allowed him to amass 111 international caps.  

“I’m a very competitive person and when I do something I want to do it to the best of my ability. I want to win matches and medals for my country that’s what gets me up in the morning.” He continues: “The most difficult thing is balancing other areas alongside hockey. Socialising, education and one eye on the life after hockey. I want to succeed at everything I do. That’s what keeps me training hard on the pitch and in the gym, the drive to go out there and win for my country, myself and my family.”

Weir will be hoping to get back on the winning road with England as they pit their wits against some of the top teams around at the Hockey World League Semi-Final. Click here for all the details.